OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN TO CREATE THE PUREST DRIVER’S CAR, A NEW BEGINNING, A DESIGN WHICH SIMPLY RE-WRITES ALL EXISTING STANDARDS
For many of us at McLaren, this opportunity to design and construct the ‘ultimate sports car’ has been a dream come true…
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We set out to develop the world’s finest driver’s car by applying Formula 1 technologies to offer Grand Prix-style capability, control and quality throughout; a car individually built and tailored to the most discerning of owners.
We set out primarily to build our own car in our own way. As the programme progressed, we analysed and evaluated all existing mid-engined sports and ‘supercar’ designs. Our established objectives remained unaltered. Our target has been to create the purest driver’s car, compact and above all ultra-lightweight, to achieve optimum all-round performance. It also had to embody the most advanced engineering, intricate and elegant detailing and peerless quality – all to the standards hitherto found only in the modern Formula 1 racing car.
An entirely purpose-designed engine and transmission were essential, combined with innovative modern structures, frontier aerodynamics and pure, balanced styling. Practicality was also vital, the finished car to be functional yet exciting to drive under all condition.
This concept – targeted strictly upon minimal weight, maximum driveability and practicality – combined with our company heritage of exceptional performance, painstaking build quality and uncompromising safety standards – entirely merits the car being named the ‘McLaren F1’.
We set out to produce the best roadgoing ‘driver’s car’ ever built – or ever likely to be built – and we are confident that this first McLaren production model represents the pinnacle of twentieth century high-performance sports car design.
Gordon MurrayTECHNICAL DIRECTOR
In This Article
- 1The original McLaren F1 press release in full - Every detail of the incredible V12 supercar
- 2The McLaren F1
- 3Foreword - currently reading
- 4For the driver
- 5History of McLaren
- 6McLaren today
- 7McLaren F1 design concept
- 8McLaren F1 chassis and structure
- 9The chassis
- 10McLaren F1 suspension and steering
- 11McLaren F1 braking systems
- 12McLaren F1 wheels and tyres
- 13McLaren F1 styling
- 14McLaren F1 aerodynamic concept
- 15McLaren F1 ground effect
- 16McLaren F1 centre of pressure control
- 17McLaren F1 engine and transmission
- 18McLaren F1 engine
- 19McLaren F1 transmission
- 20McLaren F1 electronics
- 21McLaren F1 ergonomics
- 22McLaren F1 interior
- 23McLaren F1 equipment
- 24McLaren F1 glass
- 25McLaren F1 audio system
- 26McLaren F1 finish
- 27McLaren F1 craftsmanship
- 28McLaren F1 specification
- 29McLaren F1 technical specification